• Apr 24, 2010
Dongfeng "Hummer" – Click above for high-res image gallery

"Hand-crafted" can be something of a double edged sword in the car business. Rolls-Royces and Aston Martins are hand-made treasures that show off their artisans' decades of experience. The attention to detail is obsessive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are machines that look like they were haphazardly slapped together by some drunken hack in a toolshed. This Dongfeng "Hummer" falls solidly into the latter category.

The Beijing Motor Show presented our first opportunity to see one up close. Now, love 'em or hate 'em, a real H1 has that genuine military-industrial chic going for it. This vehicle, however, was a hot mess of the first order. The tires had painted-on whitewalls that looked as if they were applied by someone with a five-minute deadline, a paintbrush, and a gallon jug of Wite-Out. Truly, it's something very special to behold.



Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dongfeng Hummer.

      Nothing else needs to be said.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @LesPaul1

        I'm a Democrat, but I can't stand Wet Liberals.
        Stereotypes exist for a reason and they apply to most anything that exists.
        Besides, if Sam articles bother you so much why do you keep reading them?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey- I was just making fun if the name.

        But now that you mention it, I'm glad I don't have a kid eating Chinese made baby formula, playing with Chinese toys or that my house has Chinese made drywall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw one of these last week at a military museum outside of Shanghai. The "slap dash" white walls are actually how they do all of their military vehicles and the thing has a great "knock-off" vibe to it. Very appropriate for the 21st Century China we see flexing their muscles abroad today (see NY Times article today).

        Regardless of one's opinion of it, China makes these for pennies on the dollar. Unlike the terribly expensive Hummers produced here, these things are actually cost-effective vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        China scares me in many ways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Will EQ2050 and 2020 are two completely different weight class, both vehicles were chosen for PLA's general purpose vehicle program and have been deployed in numbers. Earlier EQ2050s were assembled with AM General chassis and powertrain, but all copies entered service are equipped with license built domestic components.
        The vehicle is designed to have better performance than the actual M998 HMMWV, and unit cost is higher than its American brother, but real life performance is unknown. Oh BTW, the Marine camouflage scheme is FUGLY........
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Sam and the rest of Autoblog, writers and readers alike

        I think it's blatantly racist that you always imply and affirm that anything chinese built must be inferior quality in all of your articles. I understand they copy with total disregard for copyright laws. But if you hate it so much, stop using anything made in China, which you'll find to be much of things you use everyday. Many of your electronics, computers like your beloved macbooks and cellphones like the iphone, that are considered the benchmark for reliability.... made in China. Guess what all those lead free toys that weren't affected by the recall, most of them are made in China for decades.

        If you still want to be ignorant and xenophobic cretins, that's your choice. But try not using things made in China. I promise you wouldn't be able to.

        • 4 Years Ago
        That is a great camouflage (if China was in Pandora).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whitewalls.... LOL... how 70's Ghetto :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        A lot of Chinese vehicles have them these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had the same gear lever in my 92 Excel!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be the new Barbiemobile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well its interior IS wrapped in plastic, it's fantastic....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, other than the tires, there's really not much to comment about. Looks pretty standard fare.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BTW a "Hot Mess" is a good thing Autoblog, using it as an insult doesn't really work. It's like insulting something as "wicked awesome." And I suspect the bootleg whitewalls is because nobody really makes white walled offroad tires in that size.
      It looks a lot more milspec here:
      http://www.chinacartimes.com/2007/02/24/dongfeng-hummer-undergoing-testing/

      This blue and white camo'ed one seems to be in the airforce colors which seems to make it a bit less industrial looking lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hot Mess can be used both ways.
      David J Guthrie
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how even the side view mirrors are asymetrical.
      I think I'll order mine in pink cammo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More Chinese crap cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow: interior by Fisher-Price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually my ex-colleague in AOJ auto is the Cheif director of this reverse engineering project in Dongfeng.
      It's not one simple copy to Humvee although it looks like it.
      Military version uses commins 4 cylinder turbo diesel from one chinese light trucks for fuel economy and parts avalibilty. Powertrain on this military version is compeletly different.

      Civilian version of this truck had the same 6.5L v8 and 4L80HD with American H1. It is sold to public at price of around 130K US from dealer. Its not cheap here in China either.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, like usual. The Chinese have no idea what they're doing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Al Terego

        Proof? Recent history comes to mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're missing the whole point of this vehicle, it's a cheap military jeep, no more. You could prolly build 10 to 20 of these for the same cost of a hummer. The only reason it's there is because the Chinese want to exploit every opportunity to make a profit, and there's bound to be some military buff out there that wants one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meh, like usual, you have no idea what you're talking about. And I'm right too, since I can spew like you without proof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why I giggle whenever anyone thinks China can "take over" the world. The problem with a lot of Chinese workers is that they're uneducated and unproductive. Yeah, they work for cheap, but we're much more efficient by far. Not to mention that we produce high-quality goods, not just cheap disposable trash.

      One day that's going to change, but not today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, it's not like the build high-tech things like bullet trains, solar panels, or electronics. Nor do they have any significant population of grad students. We'll be fine, it'll take them at least a century to become a true global power.
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